[NAFEX] Rooting pears

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Fri Apr 1 12:57:05 EST 2005


I just propagate dwarf rootstock for later grafting, using this method.


On Fri, 1 Apr 2005 09:56:57 -0800, Lon J. Rombough <lonrom at hevanet.com>  

> That's one of the oldest methods of layering around.  In "A Reverence
> For Wood" there is a little story of an English person setting up a
> stand on a tree limb to layer a shoot.  There was a hole in the stand
> where a shoot went through, then into the drainage hole in the bottom
> of a pot set on the stand.  The family takes the rooted tree with them
> when they move to the American colonies.  This was a fairly common
> method of propagating apples before grafting became widespread.  It's a
> good way to do it if you don't mind a full size tree.
> --Lon Rombough
> Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
> http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association
> "Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
> On Apr 1, 2005, at 9:46 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
> Hi,
> I just take the ground sucker, push it through the drainage hole of a
> gallon pot, wound the sucker, dust with rooting hormone, fill the pot
> with soil and leave it for a season.
> While it roots in the pot, it still gets nourishment from the parent
> tree.
> Once rooted in the pot, slip pruners under the pot and nip off the
> sucker from the ground.
> Seems to work OK for me.


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